May 7, 2015

R is for Roland - a Roland Book


A few friends have sent me messages today about this book. It looks very nice. Not sure if I'm going to get it or not. But there is a limited supply so I'd better decide quickly! I'm leaning towards no, but I'll probably live to regret it. Life!

April 29, 2015

I'm Super Busy


This is the first week in a long time that I have something planed for every night. For someone who doesn't get out much, it's a little overwhelming. Here's what's going on: tonight I'm going to the Quaker meeting house to play board games and have a discussion about death. Tomorrow I'm going to a class called Electronic Voices: The Physics of Sound. On Friday Peter and I are going to the movies. Saturday we're going to a concert at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, the concert it called WITH LOVE to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So, I'm super busy, but all nice things. 

Update: the class tomorrow night has been postponed a few weeks. So, that will give me a little time to collect my thoughts about death. 

April 22, 2015

Birds of North America by PQMQ. Workshop


I am excited to finally announce an album that I've been working on for over a year now. It was made with field recordings of bird sounds and analog synthesizers. I'm delighted with how it all turned out. My fellow members of the PQMQ. Workshop really delivered. And I've also realized a life long dream of making a song with Leigh Nash (Sixpence None the Richer). Stay tuned for more details!

April 16, 2015

Mini Electronic Music Library


I have a little collection of electronic music books I keep in my studio. I thought it would be nice to post a picture of them here. 

In other news; tomorrow I'm off to the Midwest Analog Synthesizer Meet Up with David, Jon and Andrew. This is my second year going. Kind of excited, I think I'm going to take a few modules with me. Stay tuned for a full report!

April 15, 2015

Roland System-500




Well, it's finally happened! Roland is making actual analog synthesizer modules. They are eurorack size and will supposedly be released this summer for around $300 each. Most of them are double modules (two VCOs two filters, two ENV). They sort of look like a hybrid between the System 100m and System 700. These are being made in collaboration with the Malekko company and you can see the small Malekko "M" logo on the bottom of the modules. 

My first thought was that I was a little bummed that there was no pre delay on the LFO part of the phaser module. That very natural singing sound of delayed vibrato has been a staple of almost of all of Roland's vintage gear (including the System 100m).  But it looks like that feature does exist in the System-500 - buried in the middle of the Envelope module. My only other complaint is that the high pass filter is just a switch of three different modes. Would have been nice to have it's own dedicated slider or knob for full control. 

All in all I'm pretty thrilled about these. Welcome back Roland!










Here is Roland's official statement: 

"Roland is also pleased to announce the development of the System-500, an all-new, fully analogue modular synthesizer based on two of the most revered electronic instruments of all time - the System-700 and System-100m. Designed exclusively for Eurorack, the System-500 delivers classic Roland sound with all the advantages and reliability of a modern instrument."

April 9, 2015

Il Guardiano Del Faro








It's been ages since I've found any new (new to me!) music that I've enjoyed. This stuff is really hitting the spot!